2020 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity taking place? Friday 21st February, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity taking place? Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What is the expected weather for Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity? 10c with showers expected

What channel is Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Wakefield Trinity 16-36 Castleford Tigers

THE TEAM NEWS

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

  • Castleford suffered their first loss of the season as they were comfortably defeated by Catalans in the south of France last week and they will hope to regroup quickly as they face local rivals Wakefield.
  • Peter Mata'utai will return from a two-match ban for the Tigers and whilst they have received some good news on the injury front with Jesse Sene-Lefao returning to the squad, they have lost another member of their pack.
  • Junior Moors has dropped out of the 21-man squad and the Tigers will hope his injury is just a minor one after he suffered a major injury last season whilst Robbie Storey is the other man to make way.

21-man squad: Blair, Clare, Griffin, Hepi, Holmes, Martin, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Olpherts, O’Neill, Rankin, Richardson, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Smith, Trueman, Turner, Watts

Unavailable: Sosaia Feki (Injured), Alex Foster (Injured), Matt Cook (Injured), Adam Milner (Injured), Greg Eden (Injured), Junior Moors (Injured)

Questionable: Jesse Sene-Lefao (Injured)

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield overcame Warrington as they put their poor performance in round 1 behind them to earn their first win of the season.
  • Trinity still have a long injury list and despite head coach Chris Chester making noises earlier in the week suggesting that David Fifita, Chris Green and Tinirau Arona were among those that could come into contention here, none of the three have been able to return.
  • In fact, Chester has not been able to call upon any of his injured players with just a single change made to last week’s 21-man squad as Ryan Atkins earns a recall at the expense of Lee Kershaw.

21-man squad: Arundel, Ashurst, Atkins, Batchelor, Crowther, Hampshire, Johnstone, Jowitt, King, Kirmond, Kopczak, Lyne, Miller, Navarrete, Pitts, Tangata, Tanginoa, Tupou, Westerman, J. Wood, K. Wood

Unavailable: Ben Jones-Bishop (Illness), David Fifita (Injured), Tinirau Arona (Injured), Alex Walker (Injured), Chris Green (Injured), Yusuf Aydin (Injured), Danny Brough (Injured)

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

Castleford suffered their first defeat of the new season last week, whereas it was the opposite for Wakefield who earned their first win. The two teams will now meet in this local derby and any result is possible following their respective performances last week. Both will be desperate to claim the spoils but this is likely to be a tight affair that goes under 42.5 points.

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